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Student Engagement in Higher Education
Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations

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ISBN 9780415895101
Published August 15, 2014 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Student Engagement in Higher Education fills a longstanding void in the higher education and student affairs literature. In the fully revised and updated edition of this important volume, the editors and chapter contributors explore how diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on engaging a different student population, including: low-income students, students of color, international students, students with disabilities, LGBT students, religious minority students, student-athletes, homeless students, transfer students, commuter and part-time students, adult learners, student veterans, and graduate students. The forward-thinking, practical strategies offered throughout the book are based on research and the collected professional wisdom of experienced educators and scholars at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Current and future faculty, administrators, and student affairs staff will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh ideas to reverse troubling engagement trends among various college student populations.

Table of Contents

Foreword by George D. Kuh; Chapter 1: Introduction: Making Engagement Equitable for Students in U.S. Higher Education by Shaun R. Harper and Stephen John Quaye; Chapter 2: Engaging Students of Color by Stephen John Quaye, Kimberly A. Griffin, and Samuel D. Museus; Chapter 3: Engaging Undergraduate Women of Color by Lori Patton Davis, Jessica C. Harris, Jessica Ranero-Ramirez, Isabella Villacampa, and Joyce Lui; Chapter 4: Engaging College Men of Color by Shaun R. Harper, Charles H. F. Davis III, Keon M. McGuire, and Jonathan Berhanu; Chapter 5: Engaging White Students on Multicultural Campuses by Robert D. Reason; Chapter 6: Engaging Multiracial College Students by C. Casey Ozaki and Kristen A. Renn; Chapter 7: Engaging International Students by Jenny J. Lee; Chapter 8: Engaging Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students on College Campuses by Dafina-Lazarus Stewart and Mary F. Howard-Hamilton; Chapter 9: Engaging Transgender Students on College and University Campuses by Susan B. Marine and D. Chase J. Catalano; Chapter 10: Engaging Undergraduate Women and Men by Jaime Lester and Frank Harris III; Chapter 11: Engaging Religious Minority Students by Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole; Chapter 12: Engaging Students with Disabilities by Kirsten Brown and Ellen M. Broido; Chapter 13: Engaging Student Athletes by Joy Gaston Gayles; Chapter 14: Engaging Homeless Students in College by Jarrett T. Gupton; Chapter 15: Engaging Low-Income Students by Adrianna J. Kezar, MaryBeth Walpole, and Laura W. Perna; Chapter 16: Engaging Students in an Online Environment by Tina M. Stavredes and Tiffany M. Herder; Chapter 17: Engaging Community College Transfer Students by J. Luke Wood & Carl S. Moore; Chapter 18: Engaging Commuter and Part-Time Students by Barbara Jacoby; Chapter 19: Engaging Returning Adult Learners in Community Colleges by Linda Serra Hagedorn; Chapter 20: Engaging Student Veterans Inside and Outside the Classroom by Corey B. Rumann and Stephanie Bondi; Chapter 21: Engaging Graduate and Professional Students by Susan K. Gardner and Marco J. Barker

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Stephen John Quaye is on the faculty in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University.

Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


"Finding ways to engage students from historically underrepresented groups must be one of the academy’s highest priorities going forward. The contributors to this volume have done a great service by pointing to actions colleges and universities can take consistent with this goal, which is in the national interest as well as that of individual students. We are in their debt for helping us better understand and appreciate the rich diversity of student backgrounds and experiences that characterize college and university campuses today and what institutions can do to promote the success of all their students."

--From the Foreword by George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, Indiana University

"This book motivates readers to critically reflect on the challenges to engaging marginalized students who stand to benefit the most, but appear to be less engaged. It offers steps for building inclusive, engaged communities that begin with rethinking assumptions about engagement based on students' lived experiences."

--Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA

"During this period in higher education, there is nothing more critical than a national commitment toward the success of all students. This thoughtful and well-researched book is a vital and necessary resource for faculty and staff committed to the power of engagement and student success."

--Kevin Kruger, Ph.D., President, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

"Quaye’s and Harpers’ volume is a timely update to an important book. Now, more than ever, colleges and universities are searching for strategies for increasing the ways in which students can become meaningfully more involved and engaged on campus. This book deepens our understanding of the construct of engagement, helping readers to appreciate how to improve engagement for a wide array of different types of students in higher education.  The chapters are thoughtfully constructed, and the broad territory covered by the book rightly recognizes, and addresses, the diversity of American higher education, both in terms of its students and its institutional forms."

--James Soto Antony, Professor Adjunct, Educational Leadership & Management, Yale School of Management and Associate Provost, Yale University

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